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  • Hillary Clinton, if president, could appoint 4 Supreme Court justices [11-12-15]

    02/13/2016 3:09:19 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Hillary Clinton, if president, could appoint 4 Supreme Court justices By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015 Conservatives unhappy with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare heard a powerful argument Thursday for defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton: The next president could appoint as many as four justices. When the next president takes the oath of office in January 2017, three current justices will be at least 80 years old: conservative Antonin Scalia (80), swing voter Anthony M. Kennedy (80) and liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83). Liberal Justice Stephen G. Breyer will be 78....
  • Justice Breyer Sees Value in a Global View of Law

    09/12/2015 8:15:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 09/12/2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s modest study in his home here is nothing like his grand chambers at the Supreme Court. Cluttered and lived in, it bears signs of a restless intellect and a doting grandfather. The bookshelves are stuffed with volumes of law and literature, and a large dollhouse sits on the floor.Justice Breyer, 77, often comes in last when people are asked to name members of his court, but he has had a remarkable year.In the Supreme Court term that ended in June, he surprised almost everyone by voting with the majority more often than any...
  • Retiree, 89, Held for Trial as Auschwitz Guard

    06/18/2014 6:39:36 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 148 replies
    nyt ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jon Hurdle and Eric Lightblau
    Johann Breyer, 89, shuffled unsteadily into a federal courtroom here on Wednesday morning, using a cane for support as he sunk slowly into a chair at the defense table. The retired toolmaker from what was then Czechoslovakia, who immigrated to the United States in 1952, was thin and pale and dressed in a green jail uniform after a night spent in lockup following his arrest at his home in Philadelphia. He looked confused at times, too, but when the judge asked him if he understood why the German authorities wanted to put him on trial there, he answered simply, “Yes.”...
  • Vanity - SCOTUS Watch June 3rd - June 7th

    06/03/2013 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    It is that time of year where the SCOTUS makes its decisions for the term. Who knows what decisions will be handed down this week. I do not expect any gay marriage decisions until the final days of the term.
  • Justice Breyer hospitalized after accident on bike

    04/27/2013 2:05:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was hospitalized after a bicycle accident on Friday, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. Breyer had surgery at a Washington hospital after fracturing his collarbone when he fell off his bike, spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement, according to ABC News. The accident occurred near the Korean War Memorial. The surgery was successful and Breyer is expected to make a full recovery, Arberg said. According to the Associated Press, this is not Breyer’s first bike-related injury. The 74-year-old justice broke his collarbone in a 2011 accident, and he broke his ribs and punctured his lung...
  • Germany launches Nazi war crimes probe against Philadelphia man

    09/23/2012 11:51:46 AM PDT · by nicmarlo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012 Sept 23 | AP
    BERLIN – Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against an 87-year-old Philadelphia man it accuses of serving as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, The Associated Press has learned, following years of failed U.S. Justice Department efforts to have the man stripped of his American citizenship and deported. Johann "Hans" Breyer, a retired toolmaker, admits he was a guard at Auschwitz during World War II, but told the AP he was stationed outside the facility and had nothing to do with the wholesale slaughter of some 1.5 million Jews and others behind the gates. The special German...
  • Breyer Push For More Protection Illustrates Elite Double Standard

    05/20/2012 8:20:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    USA --( An early May robbery at the Washington, D.C. home of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was the second time the jurist has been victimized since February, The Washington Post reported Thursday. While no one was home in this latest incident, the earlier one involved the jurist and his wife being confronted by a machete-wielding home invader at their Caribbean vacation house. “The robbery comes a month after Congress allocated nearly $1 million to hire 12 new Supreme Court police officers, according to The Hill,” Fox News related in a follow-up report. “Breyer had been among the group pushing...
  • Crooks target Supreme Court Justice Breyer for second three months

    05/18/2012 7:40:52 AM PDT · by libstripper · 22 replies
    Fox ews ^ | May 17, 2011 | Fox News staff
    Less than three months after he was robbed at his vacation home in the Caribbean, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been targeted again -- this time by burglars at his Washington, D.C., house. Breyer's property was raided May 4, The Washington Post reported Thursday, with cutlery and candlesticks worth about $3,500 take
  • Why Justices Ginsburg and Breyer should retire now

    04/11/2012 8:22:09 PM PDT · by RC one · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 28, 2011 9:58 AM | Randall Kennedy
    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer should soon retire. That would be the responsible thing for them to do. Both have served with distinction on the Supreme Court for a substantial period of time; Ginsburg for almost 18 years, Breyer for 17. Both are unlikely to be able to outlast a two-term Republican presidential administration, should one supersede the Obama administration following the 2012 election. What's more, both are, well, old: Ginsburg is now 78, the senior sitting justice. Breyer is 72.
  • Justice Breyer's unhinged Commerce Clause ramblings

    03/29/2012 10:12:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/29/2012 | by Conn Carroll
    I was listening to the tape-delayed Obamacare oral arguments in the car Tuesday when I first heard Justice Breyer's Commerce Clause diatribe, and I meant to post something when I got home. But after making dinner and putting the kids to bed, I forgot.Until today, that is, when I read Jeffrey Anderson's account of "Breyer's Missteps." I think Jeffrey is far too generous to Breyer. Here is a fuller transcript of Breyer's outburst: I look back into history, and I think if we look back into history we see sometimes Congress can create commerce out of nothing. That's the...
  • Two Justices Suggest Citizens United Ruling Should Be Reconsidered In Montana Case

    02/18/2012 11:17:53 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2012
    Two Justices Suggest Citizens United Ruling Should Be Reconsidered In Montana Case Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, center, and Stephen G. Breyer, second from right, suggested Friday that the court reconsider its controversial 2010 decision that allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in elections. By Robert Barnes February 17 Two Supreme Court justices suggested Friday that the court reconsider its controversial 2010 decision that allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in elections. The suggestion came as the court blocked a Montana Supreme Court decision upholding a century-old ban on corporate campaign spending in the state. The Montana ruling seems...
  • Justice Breyer robbed by machete-wielding intruder at West Indies vacation home

    02/15/2012 5:33:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 13 February, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Monday. The 73-year-old Breyer, wife Joanna and guests were confronted by the robber around 9 p.m. EST Thursday in the home Breyer owns on the Caribbean island of Nevis, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. The intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt, Arberg said.
  • In Hill testimony, justices lift high court’s veil--Views diverge on Constitution

    10/05/2011 8:00:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Partially lifting the veil that usually guards their actions, two Supreme Court justices on Wednesday painted the court as a bulwark for the Constitution and said some of today’s cynicism about government stems from the public’s scanty understanding of the founding document. One of the two, Justice Antonin Scalia, said there are too many federal judges and they are too heavily taken from the ranks of lawyers, which he said has watered down the quality of judges. He and Justice Stephen G. Breyer appeared before the SenateJudiciary Committee in an unusual hearing. The branches of government usually strive to keep...
  • Justice Breyer breaks collarbone in bike accident

    05/31/2011 10:25:56 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2011
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has broken his right collarbone in a bicycle accident near his home in Cambridge, Mass. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 72-year-old justice took a spill over the weekend. The mishap was not preventing Breyer from speaking in New York City Tuesday evening. Breyer was not in court Tuesday morning, but Arberg said the absence was unrelated to the accident. In 1993, Breyer suffered more serious injuries, a punctured lung and broken ribs, when he was hit by a car while riding his bike across Harvard Square.
  • First Amendment Headed for the Breyer Patch?

    04/30/2011 4:43:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2011 | Terry Heinrichs
    A few days ago, Pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp were thrown in jail for refusing to pay a $1.00 bond ordered by a Michigan judge who upheld a jury verdict that they would "likely breach the peace" if they were allowed to carry out a planned protest at a mosque. The judge appeared unfazed by the fact that the ruling was both a violation of the Court's Brandenburg test (which prohibits political advocacy only "where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action"), and that it amounted...
  • Justice Breyer’s remarks on guns revisionist thinking

    12/16/2010 10:07:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies
    Bowling Green Daily News (Ky) ^ | December 14, 2010 | Masthead Editorial
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is an ideologue, a judicial activist who rules by his own political and personal philosophy, rather than the rule of law and what our founding fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights more than 200 years ago. The left-leaning justice recently made remarks that further the suspicion that has been held for years - he doesn’t rule in regard to the Constitution, but rather a far-left political philosophy. On Sunday, Breyer, a Bill Clinton appointee, said the founding fathers never intended guns to go unregulated. Breyer said history stands with the...
  • Breyer: Madison wrote 2nd Amendment to appease the states

    12/14/2010 4:30:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 88 replies · 3+ views
    hotair ^ | 13 December, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s not just the Constitution that is a “living document,” as Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer proved yesterday when discussing the Second Amendment. Breyer argued that James Madison only included the right to bear arms reluctantly, and only because the states wouldn’t sign the Constitution for fear of creating an overmighty central government. That’s why he voted against the majority in the Heller decision that overturned the federal handgun ban in Washington DC: Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Breyer said history stands with the dissenters in the court’s decision to overturn a Washington, D.C., handgun ban in the 2008 case...
  • Alarmingly 'Pig-gressive' Justice at the Supreme Court

    12/13/2010 7:42:07 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-13-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    It’s not just the Constitution that is a “living document,” as Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer proved yesterday when discussing the Second Amendment.  Breyer argued that James Madison only included the right to bear arms reluctantly, and only because the states wouldn’t sign the Constitution for fear of creating an overmighty central government.  That’s why he voted against the majority in theHeller decision that overturned the federal handgun ban in Washington DC: Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Breyer said history stands with the dissenters in the court’s decision to overturn a Washington, D.C., handgun ban in the 2008 case “D.C. v. Heller.”Breyer...
  • Breyer says justices must adapt to Facebook world

    11/16/2010 3:58:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/10 | Erik Schelzig - ap
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don't expect a Facebook friend request from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer any time soon. The 72-year-old justice said in a speech at Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday that he was perplexed when he recently saw the film "The Social Network" about the origins of Facebook. But Breyer said the film illustrates his argument that modern conditions — like the development of the social-networking site — should inform justices when interpreting a Constitution written in the 18th century. "If I'm applying the First Amendment, I have to apply it to a world where there's an Internet, and...
  • Scalia, Breyer Spar Over Supreme Court Issues

    11/13/2010 8:24:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1+ views
    fox ^ | 11/13/10 | ap
    LUBBOCK, Texas -- One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the most liberal ones sparred Friday over capital punishment, the direct election of senators and various other constitutional questions during a rare public debate that highlighted their philosophical differences. Antonin Scalia, 74, the longest-serving current justice, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, and Stephen Breyer, 72, appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton, shared the stage in front of a crowd of thousands during a West Texas event organized by Texas Tech University Law School. They particularly clashed on the question of capital punishment. Scalia...
  • Constitutional CPR [ The Constitution, Living or Dead? ]

    09/16/2010 9:38:35 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 9/16/10 | Editor
    Alive or dead? Today, the 213th anniversary of the United States Constitution, that question looms large. This is especially so as the document is wielded like a sword, cleaving libertarian from progressive philosophies. Understanding the nature of the Constitution — neither underestimating its genius nor overstating its authority as inerrant — is critical. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said, “The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living, but dead.” That view has been embraced by many in the tea party movement. These opponents of President Barack Obama’s agend, who thrust the federal government into many areas of...
  • Justice Breyer: Burning a Quran may be wrong, but it’s a right

    09/16/2010 9:53:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/16/10 | cnn
    A Florida pastor who canceled plans for his congregation to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks had the right to follow through with his intentions, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Wednesday. In an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” the associate justice compared the act of burning Islam’s holy book to setting the American on flag on fire when asked whether the Rev. Terry Jones had the right to carry out the controversial plan. “We protect expression that we hate,” he said. “When you have a country of 300 million different people who think...
  • Will America Ban Criticism of Islam?

    09/15/2010 4:07:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/15/2010 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 1935 Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here, a novel about the rise of tyranny in America, whose message was that it indeed can happen here. Just to remind us that in fact it “can happen here”, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used the occasion of his appearance on noted legal forum, Good Morning America, to suggest that there may not be any First Amendment protection for burning the Koran. “Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” Breyer told me. “Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And...
  • Save the Koran, burn the Constitution--Justice Breyer sacrifices the 1st Amendment to placate Islam

    09/14/2010 5:07:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2010 | Editorial
    You can't burn a Koran in a crowded theater, and Supreme CourtJustice Stephen Breyer suggests that to placate foreign extremists, Koran burning might be banned everywhere else in America too. In an interview aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America,"Justice Breyer, who is on tour promoting his new book, averred that in the Internet age, speech traditionally protected by the First Amendment may have to be weighed against its global impact. George Stephanopoulos asked the justice about the canceled Sept. 11 Koran burning proposed by Pastor Terry Jones, and whether the fact that people riot in Afghanistan over what happens...
  • Justice Breyer: No right to burn Korans in First Amendment

    09/14/2010 2:20:35 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 79 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9-14-10 | Ed Morrissey
    I’m not sure which is more unsettling — the fact that a Supreme Court justice can get the First Amendment so wrong, or that it is so unclear that George Stephanopoulos thought to ask the question. Until now, I perhaps naďvely thought that everyone understood that the provocateurial pastor in Florida had the right to burn Korans, or any other book he legitimately owned, but that it was a really bad idea for many reasons, most of which Allahpundit argued in his excellent posts on the subject. Silly me: Last week we saw a Florida Pastor – with 30 members...
  • Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning

    09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 347 replies · 3+ views
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on "GMA" that he's not prepared to conclude that -- in the internet age -- the First Amendment condones Koran burning.“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater,” Breyer...
  • Mad Lib of the Day: Justice Stephen Breyer - Shouting Fire & Burning Koran the Same

    09/14/2010 8:54:03 AM PDT · by toma29 · 13 replies
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 9/14/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Today's Mad Lib of the Day is Justice Stephen Breyer, a guy who has written things like this in McDonald vs. City of Chicago: In sum, the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self-defense. There has been, and is, no consensus that the right is, or was, “fundamental.” No broader constitutional interest or principle supports legal treatment of that right as fundamental. To the contrary, broader constitutional concerns of an institutional nature argue strongly against that treatment. Breyer now seems to equate burning the Koran with shouting fire in a...
  • Breyer: Obamacare faces Supreme Court review

    04/15/2010 11:53:35 AM PDT · by legalwatch · 44 replies · 2,215+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 4-15-09 | Chris Rizo
    Legal challenges to the national health care overhaul signed last month by President Barack Obama will be heard eventually by the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer predicted Thursday.
  • BREAKING: USSC delays Chrysler asset sale!

    06/08/2009 1:08:48 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 293 replies · 18,628+ views
    CNBC Breaking News (live) ^ | 08 JUL 09 | dcbryan1
    Breaking on CNBC: USSC delays Chyrsler asset sale! Mourdock: USe of Tarp Funds in automotive industry was illegal Obama admin had urged USSC NOT to keep chrysler deal on hold
  • Breyer, Souter are Obama’s Models for Supreme Court Choices, Advisor Says

    10/31/2008 10:43:51 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 27 replies · 906+ views
    CNS News ^ | 10/31/08 | Pete Winn
    A top advisor to Barack Obama says, if elected president, the Democratic candidate will look to appoint Supreme Court justices in the mold of Justices Stephen Breyer and David Souter. “Of course, he’s interested in people of integrity and competence, that’s a given,” Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec told “He’s also indicated that he’s most attracted to the kind of justice represented by Justice Breyer and Justice Souter.” Kmiec, who supports Obama and has been serving as a campaign “surrogate” for the Illinois Democratic senator, said Obama admires the qualities Souter and Breyer represent. “These justices are individuals...
  • Catholic school honors pro-abortion Supreme Court judge

    10/30/2008 3:40:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 5 replies · 264+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 10/28/2008 | Pete Chagnon
    The president of a conservative Catholic group says his organization is protesting New York's Fordham University for giving an award to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. The award is the 2008 Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize and is given to an individual who has been at the top of his or her career in promoting legal ethics. However, Patrick Riley, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, says the problem with honoring Justice Breyer with the award is that he is pro-choice -- and Fordham University is a Catholic school. "We have a serious concern about this, especially at a Catholic university, when...
  • Law School's Award to Supreme Court Justice Spurs Protest

    10/28/2008 6:01:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 447+ views
    Law ^ | October 28, 2008
    The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in New York is among those criticizing Fordham University for giving an award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a supporter of abortion rights.A spokesman for the New York Archdiocese said Cardinal Edward Egan was surprised to learn Breyer would receive an award from Fordham's law school and has spoken to the Catholic university's leaders to ensure "that a mistake of this sort will not happen again."Spokesman Joseph Zwilling said Monday that Egan was talking about Breyer's votes on the Court in favor of abortion rights.The protest against Breyer is being led...
  • NJDC Accuses McCain of “Picking on Jewish Supreme Court Justices”

    08/21/2008 9:54:12 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 28 replies · 298+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 8/21/08 | Bill Levinson
    Group also whitewashed hate speech, published anti-Christian hate video The National Jewish Democratic Council is grasping at straws in its latest effort to smear John McCain. “McCain Picking on Jewish Supreme Court Justices?” ( says, When Pastor Rick Warren asked Senator John McCain to name his least favorite current U.S. Supreme Court justices it seemed that he was picking on the Jewish members of our highest court. A review of the Kelo vs. New London decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that municipalities can collude with private developers to use eminent domain to steal property for private...
  • Breyer, court master of the 'what if?'

    03/02/2008 8:34:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 118+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/08 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - The nine justices in black robes file into the Supreme Court consumed with thoughts about the great legal issues of the day. Only one of them is likely to ask questions involving raccoons, an unruly son, pet oysters or even the dreaded "tomato children." When Justice Stephen Breyer leans toward his microphone at the end of the bench, lawyers can expect to be asked almost anything. The 69-year-old Breyer is the court's most frequent practitioner of the hypothetical question, a conjurer of images that are unusual and occasionally bizarre. "The last time I was up there arguing, it...
  • US Supreme Court Justice Breyer unhappy with cases last term, strong belief in rule of law

    08/11/2007 7:30:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,617+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/11/07 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Supreme Court's most recent term was a difficult one, Justice Stephen Breyer said Saturday, because he found himself on the losing end of several key cases. "I was in dissent quite a lot and I wasn't happy," Breyer said at the American Bar Association's annual meeting. Breyer was one of four liberal justices who dissented in cases involving abortion rights, school integration and pay discrimination. In the school case, in which the court struck down student assignment plans in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle, his frustration bubbled over in a lengthy dissent that was twice as long...
  • Judiciary Committee Clown Show

    07/30/2007 7:29:21 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 14 replies · 603+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/30/07 | clarice feldman
    The left is astir again. From Slate to the op ed pages of the New York Times and the People for the American Way (PFAW) handouts, it is clear that the left is ginning up to replay their war against any judicial nominee this President may yet propose for any forthcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court.
  • Court Term Ends With Obvious Frustration

    06/28/2007 2:50:25 PM PDT · by Enchante · 50 replies · 1,642+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/28/07 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer shook his head. He rolled his eyes. He even grimaced once or twice as he listened to Chief Justice John Roberts read the majority opinion in the school diversity case on Thursday. As the high court ended its term, Breyer showed obvious disappointment with the opinion. For liberal members of the court, it was not the only time this year their emotions surfaced during normally placid readings of the court's opinions.
  • Justice Breyer Goes 0-3 on NPR News Quiz

    03/23/2007 3:23:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,391+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's what Justice Stephen Breyer revealed about the Supreme Court in his appearance on a radio quiz show: His judicial robe gathers no lint because it's synthetic. When it came to cracking wise, Breyer held his own with a panel of people who are paid to be funny on National Public Radio's "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me." Being the funniest Supreme Court justice, he said, "is like being one of the shortest tall people." On why he even agreed to answer questions outside his area of expertise in the humbling, and often embarrassing, "Not My Job"...
  • Justice Grover Versus Justice Oscar

    12/07/2006 2:55:24 PM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies · 725+ views
    Slate ^ | 12/6/2006 | Dahlia Lithwick
    If judicial confirmation hearings in the Senate were one-tenth as illuminating as last night's debate between Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer at the Capitol Hilton, there would be a booming market for Supreme Court action figurines. Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society (the Birkenstocks and bow ties of the legal universe), the debate has Breyer and Scalia whacking their way through the possibility of "justice," the limitations of constitutional history, and, throughout the evening—the possibility of persuasion. The justices agree more than they differ, and they agree about nothing so much as the...
  • Justice Breyer's Dangerous Jurisprudence

    12/04/2006 4:29:10 PM PST · by lancer256 · 27 replies · 1,207+ views ^ | 12/04/06 | david limbaugh
    Many conservatives reportedly chose not to vote in November to protest the Republican Party's abandonment of conservative principles. One potential consequence of that boycott could be a forfeiture of the chance to finally secure a majority of "originalist" justices on the Supreme Court. Granted, it was going to be tough enough for President Bush to win confirmation for another conservative nominee to the court in the face of a militant minority should a vacancy occur, but now that the Democrats have control it will be virtually impossible. This is something disgruntled conservatives should contemplate before sitting the next one out....
  • The Great Pretender: Justice Stephen Breyer Speaks at Yale

    09/15/2006 6:14:05 PM PDT · by AZRepublican · 20 replies · 899+ views
    Federalist Blog ^ | Sept. 15, 2006 | P. Madsion
    It’s time to give Justices like Stephen Breyer their just dues by no longer respectively entertaining their legal thesis built solely on ignorance or their hopelessly flawed historical antidotes’. Justice Breyer rhetorically asks James Madison, "James, when you wrote that document, did you have in mind a document that would actually work to produce a democratic society over a period of three or four or five hundred years, or did you want a document of pristine logic that would in fact not last all that long?" Breyer asked. "Did you want it to be workable or not?" Breyer surely have...
  • Seven dwarfs more famous than US judges: poll

    08/14/2006 3:09:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,447+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/06 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Show White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday. According to the poll by Zogby International, commissioned by the makers of a new game show on pop culture called "Gold Rush," 57 percent of Americans could identify J.K. Rowling's fictional boy wizard as Harry Potter, while only 50 percent could name the British prime minister, Tony Blair. The pollsters spoke to 1,213 people across the United States. The results had a margin...
  • Ask the Justices (O'Connor and Breyer to be on The Aaron Harber Show)

    07/05/2006 2:18:40 PM PDT · by NinoFan · 6 replies · 334+ views
    SCOTUSblog ^ | July 5, 2006 | SCOTUSblog
    Aaron Harber of the Aaron Harber show ( has an interview with Justices Breyer and O’Connor tomorrow afternoon, and he has solicited SCOTUSblog readers to help him formulate some questions for the two Honorable interviewees. So, if you have a query or two about the law or the Court that you think would be appropriate for either of the two Justices, post it as a comment on this post or e-mail jharrow [at] by 1:00 PM Eastern Time tomorrow, Thursday, July 6. Hopefully, we can send Aaron a few good questions and he will report back to us with...
  • Rush reading FR's "Congressman Billybob" right now!

    06/30/2006 9:24:33 AM PDT · by LS · 104 replies · 7,855+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 6/230/06 | LS

    06/19/2006 10:21:15 PM PDT · by Freestar · 22 replies · 1,528+ views
    Freestar Media ^ | 06/06/19 | Logan Darrow Clements
    <p>LOST LIBERTY HOTEL GETS SECOND WIND--AN AIRPORT Eminent Domain for Hot Air Balloons?</p> <p>"I'm looking for a small town in New Hampshire to make a loud roar against the Kelo decision on its anniversary-June 23rd," stated Logan Darrow Clements.</p> <p>According to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in "Kelo vs. City of New London" a government may use eminent domain to seize homes and land to promote economic development or increase tax revenue. Meanwhile, New Hampshire statute XXXIX chapter 423 allows a town to seize land for an airport outside its border. Since this statute does not require the land to be adjacent territory any town in New Hampshire could seize land inside any other town. Thus any town in New Hampshire could seize David Souter's land in Weare, N.H. or Stephen Breyer's land in Plainfield, N.H. for the creation of an airport.</p>
  • Breyer Banters With Law Students

    05/04/2006 1:06:38 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 5 replies · 658+ views
    Harvard Crimson ^ | 5/4/6 | Paras D. Bhayani
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer paid a hushed visit to Harvard Law School yesterday, calling Bush v. Gore the “most stressful” case during his 12-year tenure and delivering a short address on the high court’s operations. Breyer’s speech to Climenko Professor of Law Charles J. Ogletree’s criminal law class was kept secret from everyone, including Ogletree’s students, until minutes before it began. After a warm greeting from the first-year students, Breyer, a Law School graduate, delivered a relaxed talk about life as a Supreme Court justice. When asked to choose the most important case of his tenure, Breyer...
  • Breyer Calls High Court 'Boundary Patrol'

    05/02/2006 10:38:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 681+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/2/06 | Pat Milton - ap
    NEW YORK - The job of a justice on the nation's highest court is to patrol the boundaries of American society, not to decide what kind of society it should have, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday. People are suspicious of what the court does and think it intrudes into what they do, Breyer said. "Democracy has boundaries, or rails," he said during a luncheon at New York Law School. "We are the boundary patrol." The 68-year-old justice noted that the word democracy is not found in the Constitution. But the concept, he said, is there. "When you understand...
  • Justice Breyer calls for 'active' democracy

    05/01/2006 7:57:48 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 36 replies · 1,260+ views
    Daily Princetonian ^ | 5/1/6 | Michael Juel-Larsen
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discussed his judicial philosophy and the role of the Constitution Sunday afternoon during a public discussion with politics professor and constitutional law scholar Robert George. Breyer spoke in an almost-filled McCosh 50, touching on topics such as the importance of political participation, the "tools" that justices utilize to make constitutional rulings and the Supreme Court nominee confirmation process. "The primary goal [of the Constitution] is not to tell people what to do, but for people to decide for themselves what to do through a democratic process," Breyer said. "[The Supreme Court justices] are patrolling the...
  • Justice Breyer: "This is Not a War"

    03/28/2006 5:17:57 PM PST · by Richie Rich · 14 replies · 322+ views
    Bizblogger ^ | 03/28/06 | Richie Rich
    Interestingly, Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer said the following: "You want to try a war crime. You want to say this is a war crimes tribunal," Breyer said. "One, this is not a war, at least not an ordinary war. Two, it's not a war crime because that doesn't fall under international law. And three it's not a war crime tribunal or commission because (there is) no emergency." So we are not at war - I wonder what our soldiers would have to say about that.
  • Three Real and Growing Threats to Our Free Speech

    03/23/2006 4:40:26 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 204+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/23/06 | Purple Mountains
    Three disturbing trends threaten the free speech of all Americans: 1. the attempts by certain liberal judges to have constitutional issues decided by the application of international laws, 2. “hate speech” being redefined as any criticism of a religion or of any characteristic of a group, and 3. the attempts now underway to reinstate what is cunningly called “the Fairness Doctrine”. Supreme Court justices Breyer and Ginsburg, both liberals, have recently given speeches in which they argued for the application of international laws in deciding cases that came before the Supreme Court.